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Chopin: Etudes CD

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Chopin: 24 Études, Op. 10 & Op. 25
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  • Performer: Murray Perahia
  • Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00006JTD9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,283 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. "12 ?tudes, Op. 10"
  2. "12 ?tudes, Op. 25"
  3. ?tude No. 1 in C Major
  4. ?tude No. 2 in A minor
  5. ?tude No. 3 in E Major
  6. ?tude No. 4 in C-Sharp minor
  7. "?tude No. 5 in G-Flat Major ""Black Keys"""
  8. ?tude No. 6 in E-Flat minor
  9. ?tude No. 7 in C Major
  10. ?tude No. 8 in F Major
  11. ?tude No. 9 in F minor
  12. ?tude No. 10 in A-Flat Major
  13. ?tude No. 11 in E-Flat Major
  14. "?tude No. 12 in C minor ""Revolutionary"""
  15. ?tude No. 1 in A-Flat Major
  16. ?tude No. 2 in F minor
  17. ?tude No. 3 in F Major
  18. ?tude No. 4 in A minor
  19. ?tude No. 5 in E minor
  20. "?tude No. 6 in G-Sharp minor ""Thirds"""
  21. ?tude No. 7 in C-Sharp minor
  22. "?tude No. 8 in D-Flat Major ""Sixths"""
  23. ?tude No. 9 in G-Flat Major
  24. "?tude No. 10 in B minor ""Octaves"""
  25. ?tude No. 11 in A minor
  26. ?tude No. 12 in C minor

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Through channelling his intelligent virtuosity toward musical ends, Murray Perahia reveals the distinctive voice of each Chopin Étude, rather than imposing a "one style fits all" aesthetic upon the music. His easy mastery of the right-hand double-note challenges of Op. 10 No. 7 and Op. 25 Nos. 6 & 8 and the taxing rotary patterns of the famous "Black Key" and "Winter Wind" études enable him to clarify their significant left-hand component. Note, too, the "Octave" étude's long-lined ebb and flow, or a sharper, more aggressive C-sharp Minor, Op. 10 No. 4, than the one Perahia recorded in the early 1990s. But his unusually brisk take on the E-flat minor (Op. 10 No. 6) trivialises the music's aching harmonic tension, and the two C Minor Études (including the "Revolutionary") are a shade inhibited compared with the unbridled bravura of the versions by György Cziffra (Philips) and Juana Zayas (Music & Arts). These quibbles, however, should not prevent piano lovers from experiencing Perahia's well-considered and superbly engineered interpretations of the oft-recorded masterpieces. --Jed Distler

BBC Review

There's all sorts of Chopin; he somehow seems to offer so many possibilities in his pieces for pianists to introduce their own personality that few can resist. Occasionally when you hear a performance of Chopin you know it's gone too far - the author's voice is lost behind the interpreter's: the ego has landed. But this side of the extremists there's every other degree of imposition, from the characterful insights of Artur Rubinstein or Nelson Freire, through the impetuosity of an Argerich or Pogorelich to the steely virtuosity of Kissin or Pollini, and the self-effacing thoughtfulness of Dinu Lipatti or Murray Perahia.

When it comes to Chopin's Études the field thins out a little. It's the only Chopin Rubinstein wouldn't record, although many wish he'd conquered his fear of embracing their technical challenges in front of an audience. Pollini's awesome account is still amongst the most impressive on record; fearless, imperious, a master absolutely in command of his instrument...yet it's Murray Perahia in this new recording who reveals the emotional side of these showpieces, who demonstrates to any doubters that there's music as beautiful as many other Chopin miniatures lurking in the rapids and the turbulent torrents, and that perhaps the biggest virtuosic challenge is to be able to reveal the music while making the technical difficulties melt away.

Perhaps Perahia is too focussed on the detail for some, who'd prefer more epic sweep and incandescent egotism...but don't be fooled by the relative inwardness of these readings. Perahia's never found wanting technically, and there are some jaw-dropping displays of speed and power. Its just that they're used sparingly, and in the meantime you learn more about the music than in most other recordings - this goes way deeper than shallow pyrotechnics.

It's a really fine recording as well, illuminating Perahia's performance just as he shines a light inside the Chopin Studies, seeing past the complexity to the soul beneath the surface. --Andrew McGregor

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